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Breast Cancer Surgery Packing List

Suitcase_400Before you leave for the hospital, consult this list from The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer.

COMFY BUTTON-FRONT PAJAMAS One size larger than you usually wear and the softer the better.

DRY SHAMPOO Because I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to shower.

BRUSH Ask a friend to brush your hair after surgery because it feels so doggone good!

LIP BALM AND MOISTURIZER Because patients in the hospital are forever feeling parched.

BABY WIPES A great thing to have to help with cleanliness, especially when you don’t want to get up to go to the bathroom.

GLASSES It’s so much easier to forgo contacts while in the hospital.

MINTS Because anesthesia makes your breath pretty amazingly stinky, even after you’ve brushed your teeth.

TRAVEL TOOTHBRUSH With a cap on it to avoid the omnipresent germs of a hospital.

A SOFT BLANKET So much better than any blanket covering in the hospital.

ENTERTAINMENT Movies on your tablet, books and magazines, the more entertaining the better.

CAMISOLE WITH JP DRAIN POUCH Not remotely attractive, but the Silver Lining is that it’s functional!

POSTSURGERY BREAST TRAVEL PILLOW Absolutely necessary for any and every car ride; place it between you and the upper-body part of the seat belt to distribute pressure on your chest—mine had a Velcro loop on one side of the pillow so that I could attach it to the seat belt.

GOING-HOME OUTFIT Leggings and an extra-large men’s shirt that buttons in the front—I took a cast-off from my husband’s closet; these clothes will get schmutz—blood, postsurgical fluid—on them; this is not the time for fancy!

SOFT SOCKS AND SLIPPERS To keep your feet warm and for walking the halls of the hospital.

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